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A Time Out of War

USA, 1954 (MIFF 1959, Programme 27)

Director: D. Sanders

Drawn from a story by Robert Chambers &ndash: a pointed and deeply moving comment on the essential futility of war &ndash: this is a film of exceptional integrity and rare poetic grace. The American Civil War: three professional soldiers &ndash: two from the North. one from the South &ndash: agree on a short truce and engage in desultory conversation.

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Sonata in Brussels

Belgium, 1954
With a touch of fantasy, the architecture and atmosphere of Brussels revealed in four movements: night lights and jazz; morning quiet; street bustle; and people at rest and play. ... More »

The Pirogue Maker

USA
The pirogue &ndash: a graceful dugout canoe &ndash: carved by hand from a solid cypress log. The film records this vanishing art for posterity. ... More »

Think Twice

Australia
With good visuals and a pertinent commentary, this film shows the various hazards connected with boilermaking, and electric and oxywelding in particular. ... More »

Ballet Girl

Denmark, 1954
A little girl is sent on an errand to the ballet school of the Royal Danish Theatre and becomes a dancer herself. This is the theme of an authentic and beguiling ballet film produced by a notable tea… More »

The Urgent Queue

South Africa, 1958
This film is the story of the migration of a Bantu family to Port Elizabeth in search of work. The film tells an intensely human story, with highlights of drama and humour typical of the lives of mil… More »

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